Jimmy Devellano speaks with NHL.com’s Cotsonika regarding the Wings’ rebuild

NHL.com’s Nicholas J. Cotsonika spoke with Red Wings VP Jimmy Devellano regarding the state of the Wings’ “rebuild on the fly”:

“Certainly I’m not in denial, and I would say to you Ken probably isn’t in denial either,” said senior vice president Jimmy Devellano, 75, part of the Red Wings’ front office since 1982. “We know where we’re at. We understand the state of our team. We are not surprised. We knew that it would eventually happen.”

The Red Wings made the playoffs for 25 straight seasons from 1990-91 to 2015-16. In that span, they won more games in the regular season (1,133) and playoffs (170) than anyone else. They won the Presidents’ Trophy six times, three times more than anyone else, and the Cup four times, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for most. But thanks to success and trades, their average first pick in the NHL Draft was No. 38. That made it hard to restock elite talent.

They tried to keep the playoff streak going as long as possible. But when they saw it was about to end last season, Holland sold at the NHL Trade Deadline and collected picks. He did the same this season. They have 11 picks in the 2018 NHL Draft, including seven in the first three rounds and two in the first. The plan is to try to remain competitive, while playing out some contracts, working in some younger players, collecting more picks and finding the next generation of stars in the draft.

“For the Red Wings to rebuild, we need a lot of kicks at the can,” Devellano said. “They certainly all don’t come through, but if you have 10 or 11 picks, if three come through real good for you, that’s what counts.”

Devellano declined to comment on the futures of Holland and coach Jeff Blashill in a wide-ranging interview with NHL.com, but Holland and Blashill are expected to return.

Cotsonika continues

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3 thoughts on “Jimmy Devellano speaks with NHL.com’s Cotsonika regarding the Wings’ rebuild”

  1. While it is nice to hear some honest comments about the playoff streak and winning and drafting, it is almost like he is now finally admitting that they sacrificed the future for the sake of trying to be competitive at the time. I just don’t see the organization being run like Nashville or Toronto where decisions are made with the future in mind. The only reason Holland and the organization have even started to change the philosophy is the fact that the fan base has lost faith in their leadership methods. Red Wing fans are willing to put up with losing because, just like when you need surgery, the pain is necessary to endure so you can get better and stronger.

  2. ” We knew that it would eventually happen.”
    Any one with this fore-knowledge should have many plans to prevent it from happening. They acted like the streak would never end and made tepid trades that they claimed would actually win them playoff games. They were decisively treading water and they knew it.

    Of course they knew it would happen, and watched it slowly creep up, and said…We deserve this. Well NO WE DON’T!

    Adding to the future should be an everyday decision. It should never stop or begin, it should just BE. A manager that can’t be mesh this together maybe does’nt deserve longevity and security….because he not giving longevity or security to his team.

  3. “We are not surprised. We knew that it would eventually happen.”

    Yet they did virtually nothing to avoid it. Holland should be fired on those grounds alone.

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